BAFS and External Events
The British Academy of Forensic Science (BAFS) held its first meeting in 1960. BAFS is a unique organisation formed from a unique mix of forensic medicine (pathologist, psychiatrists, physicians (FMEs), scientist and lawyers. Our events are usually based in London.
Next BAFS Event
Sources and Expression of Clinical and Scientific Expert Witness Bias
Date: 18th January 2020Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London
About the event:
At this exciting meeting, the Royal Society of Medicine and the British Association of Forensic Science will bring together a top faculty of prominent speakers to look at the source of partiality in different forensic disciplines, addressing bias in the individual and in the criminal justice system.
Sources and Expression of Expert Witness Bias
The expert witness practice of forensic doctors and scientists is under increasing scrutiny, by both the courts and professional bodies.
Appraisal of expert witness practice must address not only technical competence, including demonstrating evidence of a real understanding of the interface between medicine or science and law, but also ethical probity. And the avoidance of bias represents the greatest technical and ethical challenge.
Bias can arise from sources ‘within’ the expert, including via ‘cognitive bias and heuristics’, or as an inherent reflection of the adversarial legal system itself; and can be expressed throughout the method of assessment, report drafting and giving of oral evidence.
The conference will define and address bias across a range of forensic medicine and science disciplines, presented by a range of distinguished practitioners; in order to identify sources and routes to expression that are both ‘generic’ to all expert witness practice and specific to particular medical and scientific disciplines. And the programme will end with a senior judicial commentary on bias in expert evidence, as well as on judicial bias, as viewed from the bench.
Regular BAFS Events
Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, London
The recent disasters, such as Grenfell Tower and Westminster Bridge, has highlighted how forensic science plays an important part in victim identification.A panel of experts will examine how forensic odontology, anthropology and pathology contribute to the identification process.
Learn about the psychological impact such events can have on victims, hearing more about the nature of the subsequent inquests from those supporting them.
- How forensic odontology contributes to disaster victim identification
- How forensic anthropology contributes to disaster victim identification
- How forensic pathology contributes to disaster victim identification
- How victims are affected by disasters
- How psychologists manage victims of disasters
BAFS Friends Dinner
The Theme of this year's conference is "Beyond Forensic Science" and aims to showcase the diverse array of fields that your future career could take.
Conference dates: Saturday 30th November.
Conference venue: University of Strathclyde, Technology & Innovation Centre, 99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD
Further Information: https://www.csofs.org/Events/63944